WebMD looks at the urea breath test, which is used to detect the H. pylori bacteria that causes ulcers.
A urea breath test checks to see if you have H. pylori bacteria in your stomach.
Learn about the medical test Helicobacter Pylori Tests. Includes why and how the test is done, how to prepare, how it feels, risks, and results.
A different test for H. pylori such as the breath test may need to be done as follow up to determine whether the infection is a current one. A negative test result means that it is unlikely that the individual has an H. pylori infection and their signs and symptoms may be due to another cause.
This urea breath test indirectly detects the presence of H pylori-associated urease by measuring CO2 in the patient’s breath.
Consult your doctor whether H. pylori breath testing is appropriate for your medical condition. MTD 00008 Rev. 01.
The urea breath test (UBT) is a test for diagnosing the presence of a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) in the stomach. H. pylori causes inflammation, ulcers, and atrophy of the stomach.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the major cause of peptic ulcer disease and the 13C-urea breath test (13C-UBT) is considered the most accurate
spectrometry, in 40 patients referred to monitor the ef®cacy of H. pylori eradication treatment. Results: Complete agreement was observed between the `gold standard' and the Breath ID test in 96.9% (94 out of 97) of the patients.
The urea breath test usually takes about 1.5 hours. If the results are positive, this means that H.pylori is present in the patient's stomach. The degree of infection is measured after calculating the measurements between the pre and post urea testing.